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I really enjoyed the majority of the stories in this anthology A few of them just didn t entertain, but that is to be expected Too bad it came in electronic form I much prefer reading a physical copy. When I began reading this book I did something I virtually never do I gave myself permission to skim and even skip works almost entirely if I felt they offered little or nothing to me in terms of art and or pleasure I had to do this a bitoften than I would have liked there are some seriously unimaginative and clumsy writers out there that somehow manage to get published but, overall, the weeks I spent reading this massive anthology were well worth it I m not going to call out the bad writers or poor stories here I believe most of the truly substandard writers in this collection will likely never publish again or their reach will be limited confined to tiny, obscure, mostly online genre sites almost nobody reads anyway I believe most of these folks are probably writing in the genre because they love it, they are primarily hobbyists, and that criticism in this case makes little difference and just causes unnecessary pain and embarrassment But I do want to note the really good authors, writers who likely have a real career ahead of them if they keep writing, and also list the five stars that would have made up my nominations had I actually planned to vote for the Campbell Award this year All are in alphabetical order.The very good I will be happy to read anything new any of these talented writers release in the future Charlotte AshleyDavid BrunsCurtis C ChenLiz ColterDaniel J DavisS.B DivyaMargaret DunlapHarlow C FallonRafaela F FerrazAuston HabershawNin HarrisS L HuangKurt HuntRachel K JonesJason KimbleCarrie PatelLaura PearlmanRhiannon RasmussenEthan ReidKelly RobsonSteve RuskinEffie SeibergTahmeed ShafiqWilliam SquirrellNaru Dames SundarJoseph TomarasTamara VardomskayaNancy SM WaldmanThomas M WaldroonJo Lindsay WaltonAlison WilgusNominees Gifted writers who surely have brilliant careers ahead Just the sight of their names on a submission envelope or email must make discerning editors hearts beat a little faster L.S JohnsonSunil PatelNatalia TheodoridouAlyssa WongJY YangIsabel Yap Yes, I know that technically one can only choose five nominees for the Campbell award but all of these writers are so damn good and so worthy of an award that I just couldn t drop one. I m not even sure how you rate something like this unlike most collections, it s not based around a common subgenre like vampires or steampunk, an editor s personal taste, or even a quality bar like all the award winners of a particular year It s simply all or almost all the authors who managed to break into the field in the last couple of years, and because of how online markets have shifted what eligibility means, there s a massive range of quality and style here But several of these authors were impressive enough that I m taking note of their names so I can see what else they write going forward The ones that particularly stood out for me tended to be the ones that took a clich and turned it inside out in some way view spoiler Nicolette Barischoff s Pirate Songs threw a disability curveball into the usual trope of a princess captured by space pirates Follow Me Down was also interesting, even if the ending felt a little too easy.David Bruns s I, Caroline seemed to be doing a typical robot becomes self aware story and then questioned whether anything could make such a robot reprogram themselves.Nik Constantine s Last Transaction was a breathless cyberpunk thrillride told entirely in receipts and computer error messages.Margaret Dunlap s Jane used an EMT and a strange contagion to turn a zombie story into something chilling and heartbreaking and actually innovative.Auston Habershaw blew my mind with two brilliant and completely different stories Adaption and Predation is a nail biting heist assassination story with various fascinating aliens and not a human in sight A Revolutionary s Guide to Practical Conjuration would have been an okay story with just the snarky spellbook insulting the desperate apprentice, but the ending elevated it by several orders of magnitude.Holly Heisley s Care Package was a pretty obvious metaphor, but that didn t make it any less touching.SL Huang was another author with a gift for writing powerful stories that are nothing like each other Hunting Monsters is a powerful take on Little Red Riding Hood while By Degrees and Dilatory Time plays with ideas of technology, disability, and identity.LS Johnson s Little Men With Knives, an update of the shoemaker s elves, was not only gorgeous prose, I didn t want to turn the lights out after reading it.KB Rylander s We Fly actually found an interesting twist on the idea of uploaded consciousness What does it mean when your digital self goes through a massive gender identity crisis, but your organic original isn t remotely trans Hope Erika Schultz had two lovely stories Mr Reilly s Tattoo takes an aspect of Bradbury s Illustrated Man and asks whether there is any escaping such a fate The Princess in the Basement was less surprising, but I liked the feminist take on a standard fairy tale rescue scenario.Anthea Sharp s The Sun Never Sets is a timely story of a female scientist fighting the coopting of her work during an alien invasion of Victorian England Not amazing, but still a fun read.William Squirrell s I Am Problem Solving Astronaut was a gleeful sendup of tired SF tropes.Leo Vladimisrsky s Dandelion asks what happens if we discover the key to immortality and only some people have the right gene for it What happens to the people who can t be saved, who are no longer seen as worth saving Nancy SM Waldman s ReMemories gave me feels Lots and lots of feels.Alyssa Wong had two very different and wonderfully disturbing stories I liked Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers and The Fisher Queen She has an amazing ability to convey both human and inhuman creepiness hide spoiler I ve had this for two years or what and didn t once have a look inside It was free when I got it and, well, should there ever be a time when I don t have enough SFF short stories to read, I guess I will remember that I shelved this somewhere Oh dear god this took forever and ever and ever to finish reading There were some great short stories, ones that I keep thinking about, and some really really awful ones which I also think about Is it worth reading If you really like short stories and you already have a copy because this was only available for a short time , probably Don t put up with the mediocrity though, just go to the next story if you re not enjoying the story you re reading. Comments in stages as this is a VERY long anthology 120 authors I think this will take me a long time to read all the way through, but it s a very good pick up and put down book to have Works are arranged alphabetically by author, which is annoying to some, but perfectly logical and unproblematic to me as I can read one author and then do something else go to sleep.Review 1I m currently at the 12th story 8th author Read so far Charlotte Ashley John Ayliff Lucas Bale Nicolette Barischoff Sofie Bird Derrick Boden Stefan Bolz.Not seeing the doom and gloom some reviews have complained of Yes, some are not all sunshine and roses, but that s good because I m seeing a variety of types of story Not all are my cup of tea, but that s the precise point for such and anthology it points me towards some authors and away from others as my personal taste decides Have found a couple of authors so far that I want to go back and findfrom look forin the same world. Lots of times with anthologies I like a few stories but skip most Not this one This was filled with so many good stories I did skip a few, but there is a huge amount of content in here These seem like the kind of stories you d get from people who grew up on CS Lewis or Tolkien, who played video games, pen and paper RPGs, and watched anime I mean that in the best kind of way there are DD isms, mashups of fantasy and scifi elements, steampunk, and references to classic scifi and fantasy Not too much in the way of hard scifi, but there are a few military oriented, classic feeling stories in there.I very highly recommend this, and hope that at least some of these authors do get their Campbells This is some of the most creative and original scifi I ve read in a while. Dryness, death, despair, dystopia, defeat, droids, despair I soldiered through over half of this dog s breakfast of short stories, hoping it would get better It got worse These folks may be eligible for recognition, but most don t deserve it They don t deserve to be published My apologies to those whose surnames fall in the latter part of the alphabet I gave up I can t believe there was any selection process involved This is not a scatter gun collection it s a hand grenade.There are a few noteworthy exceptions, like Curtis C Chen, but most of these a mediocre, nihilistic, apocalyptic, woe is me tales Too many in too close proximity Thousands of pages of dreck Don t Waste Your Time The anthology has been taken offline with nearly 16,000 downloads making it the most popular book in which I have a hand If you still want to read it, drop me a note.Cynical Cold Confused Cringeworthy This is not the future of my favorite genre.I m getting nauseous of postapocalyptica and paranoia and psychopathologies This is not the future I m going to live, to make, to take part in.I d like to thank S L Huang and Kurt Hunt for their tremendous effort in compiling this anthology I d also like to thank the authors I ve mentioned below and the editors who have recognized their work and passed it forward Most of all, I d like to have them as part of my future.Here come my individual impressions I may tryofKurt Hunt, because of the minimalist yet effective sense of connection in Tigerskin Laura Pearlman, for her delightfully quirky sense of humor, with just a tad of poetic justice Curtis C Chen, for bringing together a likable child and a likable emergent intelligence in Laddie Come Home Brian Niemeier for infusing Strange Matter , a gamelike, tried and tired time travel scenario, with hope and warmth view spoiler although the ending let my hope down hide spoiler `Free Kindle ↿ Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell-Eligible Authors ☂ This Anthology IncludesAuthors Who ContributedWorks Totaling ApproximatelyMILLION Words Of Fiction These Pieces All Originally Appeared In , , OrFrom Writers Who Are New Professionals To The SFF Field, And They Represent A Breathtaking Range Of Work From The Next Generation Of Speculative StorytellingAll Of These Authors Are Eligible For The John W Campbell Award For Best New Writer InWe Hope You Ll Use This Anthology As A Guide In Nominating For That Award As Well As A Way Of Exploring Many Vibrant New Voices In The GenreThis Anthology Was Offered As A Free Download Until March ,OnlyTable Of ContentsPrefaceCharlotte AshleyLa H Ron FSF Short Story Sigrid Under The Mountain The Sockdolager Short Story John AyliffBelt Three HarperVoyager Novel Excerpt Lucas BaleTo Sing Of Chaos And Eternal Night Dark Matter Publishing Novelette Nicolette BarischoffPirate Songs The Future Fire Novelette Follow Me Down Unlikely Story Novelette In The Woods Behind My House Podcastle Short Story Sofie BirdA Is For Alacrity, Astronauts And 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